Pesticides: Commission announces that 110 more substances will no longer be authorised

On 8 July, the Commission announced that 110 active substances used in pesticides will have to be withdrawn from the market by December 2003. Those will add to the 320 substances that will no longer be authorised for use in July 2003.

In 2001, the Commission introduced a new approach for the evaluation of active substances in plant protection products. This new approach obliges the manufacturers to present data proving that their products reach the required safety standards laid down in Directive 91/414 on the authorisation, use and control of plant protection insecticides, fungicides and herbicides.

On 8 July, the Commission announced that 110 active substances will have to be withdrawn from the market by December 2003 as the manufacturers chose, mainly for economic reasons, not to present the necessary data.

A few temporary derogations will apply in some Member States for some "essential uses". This is for products that are not defended by the manufacturer, but for which there is no readily available alternative for the crops in question and no safety concerns linked to their use.

According to a Commission Decision of July 2002, 320 active substances are due to be withdrawn from the market in July 2003. Thus, by the end of 2003, 450 substances will no longer be authorised for use. This represents a decrease of more than 50 per cent of all the substances that were on the market in 1993.

The Commission expects to finish the evaluation of all substances that are defended by the manufacturers before the end of 2008. The completion of this evaluation will lead to an harmonisation of the substances used in pesticides allowed across the EU.

 

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